Former Nakamura Family Merchant House

Appreciate Hokkaido’s Cultural Heritage

Esashi in southern Hokkaido was a flourishing fishing village during the Edo period (1603-1868); so lively in fact, that during the May fishing season, it was said to be even busier than the capital of Edo (present-day Tokyo). Built in the late 1800s, and once owned by a wealthy Meiji-era (1868-1912) merchant, the Former Nakamura Family Merchant House in Esashi was designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan in 1971. Comprised of four buildings, the main residence structure has a warehouse-style design typical of the time, built with gabled cypress. The house serves as a museum for old shipping paraphernalia, with a tatami and wooden interior reminiscent of Japan in the pre-industrial era.
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Apr. to Oct. : Open every day
Nov. to Mar. : Mondays, the day after holidays
New Year holidays : Dec. 31st to Jan. 5th
Adults 300 yen, students 100 yen
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●By bus: About 120 minutes from JR Hakodate Station, get off at “Nakautacho” and walk About 5 minutes
●By car: About 90 minutes from Hakodate Airport

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